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Types Of Neglect & Abuse


Nursing home abuse and neglect are far too common in the United States. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that as many as one to two million seniors over 65 years old have been abused by those who they depend on for their care. With the senior citizen population in the U.S. rapidly growing, the incidents of elder abuse and neglect are expected to increase as well.

Many seniors living in care facilities are unable to communicate any abuse, and since many do not have friends or relatives to visit them regularly, countless incidents of abuse go unreported. If a friend or loved one is living in a nursing home or other facility, visit them frequently and pay attention to anything that seems amiss.

Common injuries caused by substandard nursing home care include:

  • Falls and other trauma
  • Medication errors
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Mental abuse
  • Pressure sores (also referred to as bed sores and decubitus ulcers)
  • Wandering and elopement
  • Clogged breathing tubes
  • Improper tracheotomy care
  • Burns
  • Improper restraint
  • Asphyxiation
  • Infection and sepsis / septic shock
  • Injuries that require emergency treatment or hospitalization
  • Bed sores (pressures sores, decubitus ulcers)
  • Open wounds
  • Hoyer Lift Injuries
  • Unusual and unexplained bruises
  • Significant Weight loss or Broken Bones
  • Unusual and unexplained lethargy or sedation
  • Significant changes in medication
  • Urine and fecal odors
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Unexplained or unexpected death
  • Cuts, bruises or welts
  • Illnesses or condition changes that are not promptly reported to the physician and family